Editor’s note. Last week Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL) spoke in favor of H.R. 18, “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). The Smith bill would make permanent, and government-wide, the Hyde Amendment, which prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions.
Mr. RUTHERFORD. Madam Speaker, I am proud to stand for the sanctity of life and believe strongly in our responsibility to protect the unborn. While I understand that the issue of abortion is one that divides many here in Congress, H.R. 18 does not universally ban all abortions. It would simply reinstate and make permanent the bipartisan Hyde amendment on a government-wide basis, which only prevents taxpayers from paying for the killing of unborn children. It is what the majority of Americans want. In fact, a recent Marist Poll found that nearly 60 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funded abortion.
It is shocking and heartbreaking the Democrats would remove this critical protection from law after supporting it for over 40 years.